Dreamer Community Resources

DACA

Frequently Asked Questions on DACA Decision (DHS)

How Does the DACA Decision Affect You? Read this DACA Fact Sheet

Human Rights

Deportation Defense Card

United We Dream encourages individuals to know your rights and be informed and prepared if you are approached by ICE.

California Drivers License (AB 60)

As of January 2015, California residents who cannot establish legal presence in the United States may apply for a driver's license if they can show eligible proof of identification and residency in the state.

Covered California Eligibility

Covered California (Obamacare) provides health care coverage for eligible individuals based on immigration status.

DACA Recipients & MediCal

Do you have DACA? As of January 2014, DACA holders can be eligible for Medi Cal. Check out this resource for more information and how you can apply!

Legal Resources

Asian Law Alliance

Phone: 408-287-9710
Services: Adjustment of status, DACA. Employment authorization, family-based petitions, naturalization/citizenship, T Visas, U Visas, VAWA petitions

Center for Employment Training

Phone: 408-534-5451
Services: Adjustment of status, consular processing, DACA, employment authorization, family-based petitions, NACARA, naturalization/citizenship, temporary protected status (TPS), U visas, VAWA petitions

Centro de Ayuda Legal Para Inmigrantes (CALI)

Phone: 650-938-4041
Services: Adjustment of status, asylum applications, consular processing, DACA, DAPA, Employment authorization, employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, family-based petitions, habeas corpus, NACARA, naturalization/citizenship, removal defense, special immigrant juvenile status, T Visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U Visas, VAWA petitions. 

International Rescue Committee (San Jose Office)

Phone: 408-277-0255
Services:  Adjustment of status, asylum applications, consular processing, DACA, DAPA, Employment authorization, family-based petitions, naturalization/citizenship. 

Santa Clara University Community Law Center

Phone:  408-288-7030
Services: Adjustment of status, asylum applications, DACA, family-based petitions, T Visas, U Visas, VAWA petitions. 

Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)

Phone: 408-453-3003 ext 107
Services: Adjustment of status, consular processing, DACA, DAPA, Employment authorization, employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, family-based petitions, naturalization/citizenship. 

Stanford Law School - Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

Phone: 650-724-9068
Services: Adjustment of status, asylum applications,  DACA, DAPA,  habeas corpus, NACARA, removal defense,  T Visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U Visas, VAWA petitions. 

Educational Resources (California)

California State University (CSU) Resources for Undocumented Students

University of California (UC) Resources for Undocumented Students

Health Resources

Healthcare Resource Guide for Immigrants

Santa Clara County Health Department - Park Alameda
976 Lenzen Ave, Ste. 1100, San Jose, CA, 95126.

Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley 
1333 Meridian Ave., San Jose, CA , 95125
Phone: 408-445-3400

Medical Department - Family Health Center at O'Connor Hospital
455 O'Connor Drive, Ste. 200, San Jose, CA, 95128 
Phone: 408-283-7676

RotaCare Bay Area, Inc.
San Jose Free Clinic every Wednesday from 5-9 pm
100 Oak Street, San Jose, CA 95110
408-715-3088

Scholarships (State, National, Private)

Database of Scholarships

Scholarships for Latina/o College Students (Various Deadlines)

 DREAMer's RoadMap

FREE App to search for scholarships!

E4FC's 2016-2017 Scholarship Lists

A comprehensive and up to date guide on Scholarships

 Accredited Schools Online Scholarship List for Immigrants

Merit Scholarships (Academics, GPA-based)

SOLAR ACTION ALLIANCE  Scholarship

Must have a 3.2 GPA and submit an essay and verification of enrollment. Deadline is July 1st for a $1,000 scholarship. Deadline: July 1st

Quitday.org Scholarship 

Eligibility: Every year, we select three winners in the essay contest. The winners will receive awards toward their tuition at their respective colleges and universities. The winning applicants for first, second and third place receive scholarships in the amounts of $2,000, $700 and $300, respectively. The scholarship awards may only be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses. There are no costs associated with submitting an application for this scholarship. The QuitDay Scholarship essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18 years old or older. Applicants must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in a college or university located within the United States or in the District of Columbia.  Only one (1) submission per student is allowed.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship

This $40,000 per year scholarship is awarded to a transferring student. Students must have a 3.5 GPA and exemplify leadership and community involvement. (Deadline Oct. 25, 2016

 

Addiction Resource Scholarship:

Eligibility: Every year, we select three winners in the essay contest. The winners will receive awards toward their tuition at their respective colleges and universities. The winning applicants for first, second and third place receive scholarships in the amounts of $2,000,$700 and $300, respectively. The scholarship awards may only be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses. There are no costs associated with submitting an application for this scholarship. The AddictionResource.com Scholarship essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18 years old or older. Applicants must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in a college or university located within the United States or in the District of Columbia.  Only one (1) submission per student is allowed.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Youth Volunteer Scholarship
Eligibility: 

  • Completed 50 hours (minimum) of community service over the past two years
  • Maintained at least a 3.5 GPA over the past two years
  •  Must be under the age of 21 the day of the deadline
  • Must submit essay answering prompt

Deadline: November 29, 2016

La Unidad Latina Foundation- La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships (Deadline October 15, 2016)

This scholarship is for Hispanic students who are currently enrolled in an eligible bachelor’s or master’s degree program at an accredited four-year college or university. Eligible degrees include all bachelor’s degrees, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Public Administration/Policy, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, and Master of Divinity. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one full-time year of study and have a cumulative GPA between 2.8 and 3.6, and graduate students must have completed at least one full-time semester.

Project-based Scholarships

The Soros Justice Fellowships 

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. Due: Oct. 12, 2016

Need-based Scholarships (low-income status)

CSU Fullerton- Abrego Future Scholars Dream Book Scholarship

CSU Fullerton's Dreamer Resource Center provides textbook scholarships to students transferring to CSU Fullerton. For Fall 2017, deadline is Friday, June 23.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation will present up to 100 Latinx students with up to $30,000 in scholarship aid. Must be an upcoming junior or senior majoring in STEM programs. Recipients will also be placed into Silicon Valley internships.

Deadline: December 7, 2016

 

OCIYU Scholarship for Undocumented Students

OCIYU fundraises year round to provide one of the few nationwide scholarship awards programs managed by undocumented youth for undocumented students. Our scholarship awards range from $500 for continuing college, vocational and graduate students and $250 for graduating high school and GED students attending college in the Fall 2017. Application is available in March.


All Undocumented students are encouraged to apply regardless of Race/Ethnicity, Class, Sexual Orientation, and/or Gender identity.

A completed application includes:

  • The completed application form
  • Personal statements
  • Proof of current enrollment in school

 

Becas Univision Scholarship
Eligibility: 

  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited university in the fall of the desired scholarship year
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid (if applicable)
  • Ethnicity: Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • High School graduating seniors – Cumulative GPA of 3.00 GPA, based on a 4.00 scale (or equivalent) earned from 9th through the first semester/term of the 12th grade
  • Undergraduate college students (including community college Transfers) – Cumulative GPA of 2.5, based on a 4.00 scale (or equivalent) earned is required for a minimum of 12 units/credits earned.
  • Graduate college students- Cumulative GPA of 2.5, based on a 4.00 scale (or equivalent) earned is required for a minimum of 9 units/credits earned.

Deadline: March 30, 2017

HSF General College Scholarships
Eligibility:

  •  Must be of Hispanic Heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
  •  Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

Other:

  • All majors and graduate fields accepted
  • Emphasis on STEM majors 

Deadline: March 30, 2017

The Davis-Putter Scholarship

Eligibility: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US, and there is a strong preference for applicants who plan on working in this country. The maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $10,000 per year (from July 1 through June 30). Grants are disbursed to cover each separate semester, quarter or term during which the grantee is attending school. Grants must be used in the year they are awarded and cannot be deferred or carried over. Recipients must reapply each year support is sought. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1. Applicants will be informed of decisions in July.

 

Soroptimist Scholarship
Eligibility:

  • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia,

Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).

  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.)

Deadline: November 15, 2016

 

NHBWA 2016 Educational Scholarship
Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  • Be a student in Southern California
  • In need of educational financial assistance
  • Participate in some form of community service
  • Attending or planning to attend any accredited college or university in the USA
  • Pursue an undergraduate or graduate
  • Be a student in good standing with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be at least a Freshman status from a college/university

Postmarked Deadline: March 18, 2017

 Hit the Books Scholarship (Deadline September)

With 25 years as a business leader in Philadelphia, we at CoffeeForLess.com know that tough times do not just hit the banks. They hit us all, but we must never lose sight of our biggest investment in the future: the next generation of scholars and entrepreneurs. We at CoffeeForLess.com are introducing the semi-annual “Hit The Books Scholarship” as our way of helping the future leaders of the business world meet their educational goals.

Mesothelioma Help Organization – Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Scholarship (Deadline October)

The scholarship is available to students in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our goal is to help the educational efforts of students while raising awareness of mesothelioma, provide information about its prognosis and the dangers of being exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a disease that affects men and women – both young and old.

AES Engineering Services – Scholarships for 2015 (Deadline October)

Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluated the essays that are submitted. Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a postsecondary educational facility.

You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.


Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers – Single Mother’s Scholarship 2015 (Deadline December)

Write a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother. How do you believe motherhood has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student? Examples may include the ability to succeed in time management skills, ability to listen carefully to others and ability to effectively manage multiple priorities. Craft your essay and explain your answer.

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union – Affinity Plus Foundation Scholarship Program (Deadline January)

In honor of our 15 year anniversary, we are proud to award fifteen $5,000 scholarships for 2016-2017 to incoming freshmen, upperclassmen, nontraditional and graduate student members of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. The application evaluation is based on leadership, volunteer and community involvement, extracurricular activities and scholastic achievement.

Geneseo Migrant Center – Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship (Deadline 02/01/2017)

The purpose of this scholarship is to serve as a living tribute to Frank Kazmierczak, a long time migrant educator, by offering an annual award in the amount of $1,000 for post-secondary scholarship assistance to a migrant student who wishes to pursue a career in teaching.

CANFIT – Scholarships (Deadline 03/31/2017)

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships are available for California African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Latino/Hispanic students expressing financial need to study nutrition, physical education or culinary arts in the state of California. Checks will be mailed to the educational institution and are to be used toward tuition and fees.

Geneseo Migrant Center –  Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund (Deadline 04/15/2016)

The purpose of the Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund is to assist financially those migrant youth who have the potential and the desire to further their education to achieve their personal and career goals. Eligible applicants must be entering or enrolled in college or other types of post-secondary programs, high school dropouts or potential dropouts.

Geneseo Migrant Center – Jean DeGrace Crandall Memorial Scholarship Fund (Deadline 04/15/2017)

The purpose of this scholarship is to serve as a memorial to Jean DeGrace Crandall, educator and friend to the migrant community, by offering an annual award in the amount of $2,000 for post-secondary scholarship assistance to a migrant farmworker or child of a migrant farmworker from Mexico with a history of migration to Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, or Westchester Counties in New York State. Though not required, but because of Jean’s personal interests, preference will be given to a student with a demonstrated interest in traditional Mexican art and culture.


QuestBridge – National College Match (Deadline September)

The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges.

 

Connecticut Students for a Dream – C4D Scholarship (Deadline October)

Connecticut Students for a Dream (C4D) was founded in 2010 by a group of undocumented students and allies from across Connecticut. Initially coming together to advocate for the Federal DREAM Act, to this day we continue our work for educational equity. This scholarship was created to help undocumented immigrant students that are pursuing higher education but have limited financial help due to their immigration status.

BBG Communications –   Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award (Deadline November 29, 2016)

BBG provides the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award to recognize and reward a student who demonstrates a passion for volunteering, while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.

Western Michigan University – Foundation Scholarship (Deadline December)

Value: $12,500 annually ($50,000 total award). For first-time freshman students entering fall 2016 who have verified financial need based on one or more of the criteria, including undocumented status.

Princeton University –The Princeton Prize in Race Relations (Deadline 01/31/2016)

There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than increasing understanding and cooperation among people of different racial backgrounds. It is a challenge that every new generation encounters. We therefore believe that young people have a particularly important role to play, and hope, through the Princeton Prize, to recognize and encourage young people who have made or are making efforts to improve racial harmony.

Barbara Wiedner & Dorothy Vandercook Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. – Peace Scholarships(Deadline 03/01/2017)

Awards of $250 or $500 for high school seniors and college freshmen with demonstrated leadership and personal initiative in activities involving: Peace and Social Justice, Nuclear Disarmament, and/or Conflict Resolution.

Geneseo Migrant Center – Robert Apicella Good Samaritan Migrant Scholarship (Deadline 04/15/2017)

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a migrant farmworker senior high school student from New York State needing post-secondary scholarship assistance who has demonstrated a caring and giving attitude toward another individual or community with a $500 scholarship.

Geneseo Migrant Center – Leah Levy Memorial Scholarship (Deadline 04/15/2017)

The purpose of this scholarship is to serve as a memorial to Leah Levy, educator, tutor, advocate, and friend to the migrant community, by offering an annual award in the amount of up to $500 for post-secondary scholarship assistance to a migrant farmworker senior high school student attending a high school in Columbia County, New York. The student should have demonstrated a caring attitude toward others or the community.

Geneseo Migrant Center – Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship (Deadline 07/01/2017)

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to a deserving student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed one year of college. This support will cover expenses beyond what the youth is entitled to in federal/state and other scholarship assistance. This scholarship is designed to assist the youth in obtaining a baccalaureate degree without being encumbered with substantial debt.

Geneseo Migrant Center – Juanita Crippen Memorial Scholarship (Deadline 04/30/2017)

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a senior high school student from a migrant farmworker family in Franklin, St. Lawrence, or Clinton Counties in New York State needing post-secondary scholarship assistance who has demonstrated a caring and giving attitude toward another individual or community with a $500.00 scholarship.

Undergraduate and Vocational/Skills Training Programs

Soroptimist – Live Your Dream Awards (Deadline November)

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Educational, Career and Other Services

Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC)

Phone: 415-787‐3432
Services: Adjustment of status, asylum applications, consular processing, DACA, DAPA, Employment authorization, employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, family-based petitions, habeas corpus, NACARA, naturalization/citizenship, removal defense, special immigrant juvenile status, T Visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U Visas, VAWA petitions, Education/Scholarships, Educator Resources.

SB 1159- Professional Licensure with ITIN

My (Un)Documented Life

Up to date information and resources for undocumented immigrants (scholarships, DACA, education, networking, educator/counselor resources, health, internships, articles, news).

Consulate General of Mexico, San Jose, CA

Phone: 408-294-3415

Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD)

Resources, networks, and a community for students interested in health and medical fields.

Teach for America (TFA)

A national program for recent graduates interested in gaining experience teaching, professional development and give back to under served communities. DACA holders are eligible to apply.

Graduate Programs Only

Colorado Boettcher Teachers Program – Boettcher Teacher Residency (Deadline Late October)

Having a great teacher is the single most important school-based factor to close the achievement gap. Boettcher Teacher Residency prepares people to have exceptional teaching careers through a hands-on Master’s degree program. We believe the classroom is the best place for teachers to develop the skills they need, so we place them in teaching positions alongside master teachers right from the start.  Every day, our resident teachers pour themselves into teaching students, all the while fulfilling their own coursework requirements for a master’s degree.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans – 2016 Scholarship (Deadline November)

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contribution of immigrants to the United States. Every year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans – immigrants and children of immigrants – who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic fields.

Heinz College and HACU – HACU-HSI Alumni Scholarship (Deadline 01/10/2016)

The Heinz College-HSI Alumni Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission (no separate application is necessary). Eligible students will receive a scholarship of at least $6,000 per semester while enrolled as a full-time student. To be considered for this scholarship award, an eligible applicant should indicate their affiliation with an HSI within the application for admission.

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

Forte Foundation – Forte Fellows Program (No Deadline)

If you would like to be considered for a fellowship, you must first submit an MBA application to a participating school. All schools grant awards for full-time students.  Part-time and executive awards are available at select schools. If you are interested in learning more about the Forté Fellowship program at any of our sponsor schools, please contact an admissions representative.

Art

Geneseo Migrant Center – Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers (Deadline November)

Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the eligible disciplines.


For more information, check out the following resources:

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley/Human Rights Clinic